Spring is a time for renewal, with the bulbs atlast waking from their winter slumbers; birds singing their hearts out; blossom on the trees and everywhere signs of nature’s wonders. We at ENTA have been creating wonders of our own for the last 40 years! Yes, we are 40 years young this year. 

A look through this newsletter will give inspiration for some really enjoyable days out. I would like to draw your attention to Stratfield Saye. Where, you might ask, is that? As the home of one of our nation’s heroes, The Duke of Wellington, it really does deserve a visit. With very restricted opening times Jenny has managed to secure a visit with a guided tour. Nearer to home, Wrotham House has been seen by most of us at some time either on the television or featured in many films. Both of these outings will sell out extremely quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Jenny has been our outings organiser for as long as I can remember, and now the time has come for her to hang up her compass! A replacement is urgently sought, and if nobody comes forward, this could be the last year of outings! The position has been split between Coach outings and London outings. We have a volunteer to take on the London Outings, but not yet for the Coach Outings. Please consider this and contact Jenny Mottram or Pam Moore for further information on this most important job.

We have only a few more afternoon and evening meetings for this season, and most of next year’s speakers have been booked. Audrey Whale has been our meeting programme secretary for a good few years now, and will be retiring from her post shortly. What this means in reality is that the autumn/winter season will be our last unless one of you comes forward to continue her good work. As the job requires forward planning, we must find a replacement now! All that is needed are good organisational skills, and whilst Audrey is still in office she can show you the ropes. Please contact Audrey or Pam for more information.

Re-reading the above, it looks like our Association is in trouble. Well, we have had 40 years of excellent speakers and outings, and it would be a real shame if we were to come to an end now. I feel confident that someone will come forward. To paraphrase Lord Kitchener:

Your Association needs YOU!!!

Graham Bull

Enfield National Trust Association

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